More Than 700 LSU Students to Volunteer in East Baton Rouge Schools to Kick Off School Year
BATON ROUGE – On Friday, Aug. 18, an anticipated 750 LSU students, faculty and staff will serve at a number of Baton Rouge-area schools. The projects are part of the annual Volunteer LSU Community Bound Program, a day of service for LSU students.
The program, in its 13th year, is designed to cultivate a commitment to community service among first-year student volunteers when they first arrive on campus. The program challenges students to think critically about community issues and solutions to address them.
In 2015, 789 students, faculty and staff volunteered for a combined 3,156 hours of service. Based on early registration numbers, this year’s volunteers will have an economic impact of an estimated $71,735.88 according to the Independent Sector’s hourly economic value of volunteers.
East Baton Rouge Parish School District Superintendent H. Warren Drake Jr., Volunteers in Public Schools EveryBody Reads Program Coordinator Tara Schoonover, and LSU Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Mari Fuentes-Martin will welcome students at 9 a.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. From there, students will be transported to sites in Baton Rouge to complete a combination of indoor projects, like tutoring and organizing, and outdoor projects, such as painting and planting.
Community Bound is coordinated by Volunteer LSU, an organization of LSU Campus Life, in partnership with the LSU Office of the President; LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership; LSU Ogden Honors College; East Baton Rouge Parish Schools; Volunteers in Public Schools; and Aramark Facility Services.
This annual service program would not be possible without the collaboration of a number of generous partners. East Baton Rouge Schools will provide school buses to LSU to meet the day’s transportation needs. Volunteers in Public Schools has coordinated background checks for all volunteers who will come in contact with East Baton Rouge Parish students.
In 1995, LSU adopted a formal Commitment to Community statement that charges LSU community members to contribute positively to the life of the campus and the surrounding area. Community Bound gives incoming first-year students the opportunity to immediately support LSU’s Commitment to Community.
Since 2006, Volunteer LSU’s mission has been to establish volunteerism as a part of campus culture and the university experience, in turn instilling within students a lifelong commitment to service. In order to fulfill its mission, Volunteer LSU brings students, faculty and staff together; alerts them to meaningful service opportunities; and allows them to make their mark on the community. Volunteer LSU serves as the clearinghouse for both those who are interested in helping and for those who need volunteer assistance.
Media Note: Superintendent Drake, Coordinator Schoonover, and Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Fuentes-Martin will meet the group on campus at the LSU Union Theater and provide words of encouragement for the day at 9 a.m. Immediately following, Drake and Fuentes-Martin, as well as several LSU faculty and staff members, are scheduled to serve at University Terrace, 575 West Roosevelt Street. Around 10:45 a.m., Schoonover, Fuentes-Martin and a designee for Drake will relocate to serve at Southdowns Elementary School, 2050 Hood Avenue, where approximately 50 percent of the student population includes students with special needs.
In addition, teams of volunteers will be working at the following locations:
- Brownfields Elementary School
- Delmont Pre-K
- LaSalle Elementary School
- Melrose Elementary School
- Progress Elementary School
- Ryan Elementary School
- Sharon Hills Elementary School
- The Dufrocq School
- Twin Oaks Elementary School
- Villa del Rey Elementary School
- Winbourne Elementary School
- Woodlawn Elementary
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